Reading Round Up: June 1st – 10th Part 1

Hi Friends! I read way too many books for this round up so I decided to split into 2 parts. I finally read my last Mariana Zapata book and no surprise it was a 5 star and probably my favorite book of this entire round up.

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth – 4 Stars This story follows multiple points of view; we have a wedding guest, the bride and the brides two step daughters. The book starts with a wedding and we know that an accident has occurred and then the story jumps back in time where the bride is meeting her future step daughters for the first time. Heather is marrying Stephen whom she met while redecorating his house that he was sharing with his current wife who is suffering from dementia. Heather meets Stephen’s two adult daughters who are the same age her. Tully is married and has two children but her family is hiding money problems as well as other secrets. The Other sister, Rachel is single but still trying to deal with a trauma that happened to her when she was 16 that no one knows about. The story follows Heather trying to befriend Tully and Rachel while all three woman are trying to deal with their own personal struggles. I really enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened next in every chapter. If you enjoy domestic thrillers than I would recommend picking this one up! Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review.

Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars This was the first of three short novellas about 3 friends who all in STEM. This one is about two roommates who don’t get along until suddenly they do. Pretty spicy for how short it was but very fun and loved the audio.

Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting – 4 Stars (Re-Read) Still a fun time just like my first read of it. I love hockey romances and this one is just as good as her other hockey books. This is a second chance romance and I loved every minute of it!

Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter – 2 Stars I really wanted to love this one because I adore Bingo and love to play whenever I get the chance but this books just wasn’t for me. We follow Aja who has recently moved to a small town in South Carolina to try and live a quieter life. When we first meet Aja she is having a panic attack at the Piggly Wiggly and is comforted by an unknown stranger. When she next goes to Bingo which is her only source of people interaction she meets her friends grandson named Walker who happens to be the stranger who helped her during her panic attack. Walker is staying in town to help out his grandmother who has had a recent fall. The two quickly become friends and maybe something more while also dealing with their personal trauma. Overall I thought the writing was really good in this book and there are open door spicy scenes but I just was not in the head space to read about the heavier topics that were discussed in this book. There are many trigger warnings so if you like to have those I would recommend looking into them. Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review.

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata – 5 Stars This was my last unread book by Mariana Zapata and now I am sad that I have to wait for her next book. I love her writing style and the slow burn we get from her characters. This one is set in Colorado and I always love books set in my home state. This is a slow burn, grump and sunshine as well as a small age gap romance! Highly recommend any of her books!

20 Books of Summer 2022

Hi friends! I recently stumbled upon readingtonic’s post about this challenge and knew I needed to participate in it! You can find all the details about this challenge which is hosted by Cathy746books and her post announcing it can be found here. You can choose 10, 15 or 20 books to read between June 1st and September 1st. There is also a # for this, #20booksofsummer22. I am trying to read more backlist this year and get books off my physical shelf so I mixed some of those with new releases. Let me know in the comments below if you are participating in this one.

  • The Beach Trap by Ali Brady – Upcoming buddy read with some friends on instagram.
  • How To Fake It In Hollywood by Ava Wilder – Upcoming romance new release.
  • Flying Solo by Linda Holmes – Upcoming new release.
  • The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager – Upcoming thriller.
  • The Moment I Met You by Debbie Johnson – Newly released
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers – Romance from last year I would like to get too.
  • The Children On The Hill by Jennifer McMahon – Newly released horror.
  • All The White Spaces by Ally Wilkes – Newly released horror.
  • Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center – Backlist I would like to get too.
  • Ice and Stone by Marcia Muller – Backlist I would like to get too.
  • Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Backlist I would like to get too.
  • Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Backlist I would like to get too.
  • The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – Newer release.
  • The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley – Backlist
  • Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – Newer release
  • The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John – Backlist
  • Fake It Till You Make It by Jamie Wesley – Upcoming release I want to read
  • West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras – Newly released
  • The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark – Upcoming release
  • Folk Around and Find Out by Penny Reid – Upcoming release

WWW Wednesday – 6/8

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers – 36% into this one and I am really enjoying it so far
  • Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough – 25% into the audio, so far it’s weird but Im enjoying it.
  • The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – Just started only like 30 pages in


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
  • Under On Roof by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars
  • The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting – 4 Stars (Re-Read)
  • Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter – 2 Stars
  • All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata – 5 Stars
  • Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead – 4 Stars
  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan – 5 Stars
  • Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering – 4 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Moment I Met You by Debbie Johnson – This came out already but the publisher sent me a copy so I would like to get to it.
  • All The White Spaces by Ally Wilkes – Historical Horror set after WWI in Antarctica.
  • The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley – Contemporary Fiction and backlist I would like to get too.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday: June 7th 2022

This weeks top 5 is about vacations and I am so ready for one! We are planning our annual trip to the Lake in Minnesota in July and then we have one planned for Mexico in October for my birthday!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 books with a holiday.

  • Where Did You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – Through emails, texts and memos we follow a daughters journey to Antarctica to find out where her mother went.
  • The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Enemies to lover about two people go on a honeymoon to Hawaii but they were not the ones who got married.
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry – About two writers who have rented lake houses next door to each other for the summer while they work on their next books.
  • Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker – A romance about a woman who travels to Alaska to visit her estranged father
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliette Marillier – This is a fantasy set in ancient Ireland but the main character goes on a journey to save her family.

Where are some of your favorite books with a holiday (vacation) in them?

Spell The Month In Books – June

For this month’s spell the month I decided to go with romances! 3 of these I have read and really enjoyed and the fourth I will be starting in the next few days!

J – Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Fake Dating by Christina Lauren – 5 Stars – Friends to Lovers.

U Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars – Kind of enemies to lovers but in a short novella.

N Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan – TBR –

E – Everything for You by Chloe Liese – 5 Stars – Enemies to lovers and sports romance!

May Book Haul

Hello Friends! I am here with my May book haul! I acquired 17 books and have read 9 of them already and currently reading one of them. What new books did you get this month?

Book Boxes

  • Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead – Currently reading
  • The Hacienda – Book Of The Month – 4 Stars
  • Book of Night by Holly Black – Book Of The Month
  • The Stand In by Lily Chu – Unplugged Book Box
  • Reputation by Lex Croucher – Bonus book from Unplugged Book Book

Bought For Myself

  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry – 4 Stars
  • Tear Down The Throne by Jennifer Estep – 3 Stars
  • The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton – 5 Stars
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton – 5 Stars
  • Every Summer After by Carley Fortune – 4 Stars
  • Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman – 4 Stars
  • Something Wilder by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars
  • The Change by Kirsten Miller
  • Hide by Kiersten White – 3 Stars

Thrifted Books

  • The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
  • Silent In The Grave by Deanna Raybourn

From The Publisher

  • Brat: An 80’s Story by Andrew McCarthy

Reading Round Up: May 21st – 31st

Hi Friends! My last round up for May is pretty big! I read 9 books and dnf’d 2. Overall these were good with a few misses and a new favorite! How did the end of May go for you? Did you push through and get any last minute books in?

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes – 4 Stars I started this one on audio book but wasn’t a fan of the narrator so I switched to the e-book and I am so glad I did. This is the story of a small space crew who find a missing pleasure ship and what happens to them when they try to bring it back to the authorities. I really liked the idea of a haunted space ship and while it gave me that I wish it would have just given me a little more at the end. Still a fun read and I am excited to pick up more books in the future by S.A. Barns

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – 3 Stars This was described as being similar to Where Did You Go Bernadette which is one of my favorite books but in the end I felt like it read more like The Maid minus the mystery. I really enjoyed listening to this one and though the narrator was great but the ending left me wanting more. TW’s for sexual assault and child neglect.

Tear Down The Throne by Jennifer Estep – 3 Stars After loving book one in this fantasy series I was excited for book 2 but sadly this was just boring and way too much on politics which is not my favorite thing in a fantasy book. Hopefully book 3 will be better.

Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert – 4 Stars Originally I gave this a 3 but as I am still thinking about it and the characters I decided to bump it up to a 4 star! This is the third book in the Dark Olympus series by Katee Robert and in this one we are following Helen who has decided to take fate into her own hands and try for the position as Ares. To get the position, Helen must survive and win a series of challenges along with the other contestants among them is Achilles and Patroclus. Achilles has his life all mapped out, he will win the contest become the next Ares, marry Helen and him and Patroclus will continue in their happy life but when Helen turns out to be more than they realized can he keep his life on the track that he wants. Katee knows how to tell a great story and keep her readers fully engaged whether it was the intense action scenes or the moments between Helen, Achilles and Patroclus I could not put this one down! I loved their story and how it was woven together and I can’t wait to see what is next for the people of Olympus! This book does get rather spicy and explicit and is about the three of them. I really loved Patroclus and my heart ached for him at times but the ending was really good and I can’t wait for more! Thank you so much Sourcebooks Casablanca for my gifted copy for review!

The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis – 3 Stars I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis and usually love her books so much but sadly this one fell a bit short for me and I really think it was a timing problem for me. After the devastation in Texas I really wanted something that would make me feel better so I went looking for a comfort read and thought this one would be good. While this is a romance so you know you are going to get a happy ever after the book itself had some heavier topics in it that just didn’t give me the spirit lift that I was looking for. This book follows Tae who is an event planner and works with an outdoor company that specializes with people with disabilities. On the night of a big event she runs into the owner’s brother as well as her old high school friend, Riggs. Riggs is only in town to spend a few weeks with his brother before leaving for a new job in DC but when he runs into Tae his plans start to change. This was at it’s core a great second chance romance that gave me all the feels but I think it would have been better for me if I had read when I was in a better frame of mind. Still can’t wait for Jill’s next book as she is an auto buy author for me. This one is out June 14th! Thank you Get Red PR and William Marrow Books for my gifted copy for review!

Hide by Kiersten White – 3 Stars Another book that I was super excited for but was let down by it. This is a thriller/horror that takes place in an abandoned amusement park and the author did a great job of making it feel creepy. There are 12 contestants who are chosen for a week long game of hide and seek n the park but we soon realize that there is more going on then just the game. My biggest complaint for this was the random pov’s from all the contestants, they would just kind of pop up out of nowhere and it really took me out of the story. Overall still a fun book if you are looking for something short and thrilling.

Go Hex Yourself – 2 Stars I listened to this one on audio and I honestly think thats why I didn’t really like it. The narrator for the male pov was just not my favorite. Also at times the sexual thoughts and dialogue seemed to come out of nowhere and I found that very jarring while listening. If you are liking the new trend of paranormal romances in a modern setting then you might enjoy this one and I think I will be skipping books with this narrator in the future.

The Arctic Fury by – 3 Stars I was really looking forward to this one because it was about all female expedition to the Arctic looking for a lost ship and I love stories set in the arctic. However, this one flip flops between the present where our main character is on trial for the murder of one of her companions and then in the past when they started the expedition. I really just wanted more of the expedition and was disappointed when the books was only about 50% of that. I also felt like there was a few plot points that just got glossed over and had no real impact of the story and I am not sure why they were even in there. Overall not bad read just not my favorite. If you know some good adventure books set on mountains orin the arctic let me know below!

The Homecoming King by Penny Reid – 5 Stars I completely forgot about this book until on of my friends on instagram read it and loved it so I immediately started it and I am so glad I did. Penny’s writing is fantastic and this one was just so good. It reminded me of The Wall of Winnipeg but with a lot more steam! If you love Penny’s books then this one is a must!

Satisfaction Guaranteed – DNF I have tried this book a few times and even had a buddy read this month but I just could never get into the main characters!

A Rip Through Time by Kelly Armstrong – DNF A Rip Through Time sounded like a book I was really going to like, it was a time travel book that had a modern detective transported to Scotland in 1869. However, I have learned that when I read a time travel book I want the person to be themselves transported back in time not their conscience put into someone else’s body. I always get an ick factor when this happens because I feel like it’s a violation of the original body. Mallory, our main character is in Scotland visiting her sick grandmother when she hears a woman in distress, deciding to intervene she somehow gets sent back in time and into another person’s body who was also being assaulted at the same time. When Mallory wakes up she is not sure what happened but soon learns she has a new name and is a maid for the local undertaker. Mallory then tries to solve the case of what happened to her and also of the person she now embodies. As I said I really struggled with the fact she was in someone else’s body as well her deciding to play detective while also being a servant. I felt like we also spent way too much time with her inner monologue and her trying out different old timey words. Overall I just couldn’t continue with this one and decided to dnf it. If you have read this and think it’s worth a read let me know in the comments below! Thank you Minotaur books for my gifted copy for review!

May Reading Stats

Hi friends! May turned out to be a HUGE reading month for me, I read 25 books! I am not sure how that happened but I am ok with it! I read a good range in genres and the majority were 4-5 stars. My least favorite was Go Hex Yourself and my favorite was either The Last Train To Key West or Everything For You!

What was your favorite book this month?

Books I read in May

  • Physical Books – 11 Books
  • E-Books – 11 Books
  • Audio – 3 Books
  • ARC’s – 7 Books
  • Library – 3 Books
  • Backlist – 2 Books
  • DNF’s – 3 Books
  • Re-Reads – 2 Books
  • Pages Read – 9,200

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 9 Books
  • Mystery/Thriller – 1 Book
  • Historical Fiction – 4 Book
  • Fantasy – 1 Book
  • Horror – 3 Books
  • Historical Romance – 2 Books
  • Paranormal Romance – 2 Books
  • Contemporary Fiction – 3 Books

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Year Book Was Published

  • 2017 – 2019 – 2 Books
  • 2020 – 2 Books
  • 2021 – 3 Books
  • 2022 – 18 Books

Star Ratings

  • 2 Stars – 1 Book
  • 3 Stars – 8 Books
  • 4 Stars – 12 Books
  • 5 Stars – 4 Books

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ReCap on my May Challenges

  • For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s theme was a direction and I read The Last Train To Key West, Under The Southern Sky
  • Goodreads Goal99/100 = 99%
  • Backlist Books – 18/25 = 72%

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday – 6/1

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy – slowly making my way through this one.
  • The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth – about 80% into this one should finish today!
  • Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter – Romance, Im about 50% into this one. It’s ok but nothing great.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis – 3 Stars
  • Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare – 2 Stars
  • Hide by Kiersten White – 3 Stars
  • The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister – 3 Stars
  • Homecoming King by Penny Reid – 5 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering – June ARC I would like to start
  • The Moment I Met You by Debbie Johnson – This came out already but the publisher sent me a copy so I would like to get to it.
  • All The White Spaces by Ally Wilkes – Historical Horror set after WWI in Antarctica

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

June New Releases

Hello! It looks like June is going to be another month that might hit my wallet hard! There are so many good books coming out this month that I am excited to get to. What are you looking forward to coming out this month? Did I miss any that you’re excited for?

What releases are you most excited for in June?

  • West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras – 6/1
  • Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert – 6/7 – 3 Stars
  • For The Throne by Hannah Whitman – 6/7
  • A Botanists Guide to Parties and Poisins by Kate Khavani – 6/7
  • As Seen On TV by Meredith Schorr – 6/7 – 4 Stars
  • The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis -6/14 – 3 Stars
  • How To Fake It Hollywood by Ava Wilder – 6/14
  • Flying Solo by Linda Holmes – 6/14
  • Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering – 6/14
  • Island Time by Geaorgia Clark – 6/14
  • The Beach Trap by Ali Brady – 6/14
  • The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager – 6/21
  • Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter – 6/21
  • Folk Around and Find Out by Penny Reid – 6/21
  • Lies I Tell by Julie Clark – 6/21
  • Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score – 6/21 – 4 Stars
  • Fake It Till You Make It by Jamie Wesley – 6/21
  • American Royalty by Tracey Livesay – 6/28